Fear of the Dark (7:17)

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“Fear of the Dark” is a song written by Steve Harris, bass player and main songwriter for Iron Maiden, as the title track to Iron Maiden’s 1992 album Fear of the Dark. This is the only song from the Fear of the Dark album to still be played in concerts today, although “Afraid to Shoot Strangers” was often played live until 1998.

The single “Fear of the Dark (live)” is the 26th single released by the band. This live version of the song (as well as the live version of “Bring Your Daughter…To the Slaughter”) is taken from the live album A Real Live One. The single reached number 5 in the UK charts. The live version of “Hooks in You” was recorded at the Wembley Arena, London, UK on the 17th of December 1990. When Iron Maiden plays this song live the crowd sings along to the intro and in large venues they can be louder than the band itself. A good example is the performance of Fear of the Dark at Rock In Rio.

The song has been covered by German a cappella metal band van Canto on their album Hero, and by Fighstar in the “Maiden Heaven” tribute album.

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